PPPJ 2009: 7th International Conference on the Principles and Practice of Programming in Java
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Calgary and Area:

Host to the 1988 Winter Olympics, Calgary is a city of approximately one million people located in the foot hills of the Rocky Mountains. Snow capped peaks are visible from many points in the city, and provide almost limitless opportunities for outdoor recreation. World class tourist areas such as the town of Banff, Banff National Park and Lake Louise are among those peaks. All of these areas can be reached in less than 90 minutes by car.

August is an ideal time to visit Calgary and the nearby mountain areas. Warm weather and blue skies are common, providing excellent conditions for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, photography and other outdoor activities. Several rental car agencies are located in the vicinity of the conference venue at the University of Calgary. Renting a car gives you the freedom to explore the areas of greatest interest to you at your own pace. Organized bus tours may also be available for those that want to leave the planning to someone else.

Additional details about visiting Calgary and the surrounding area can be found on the Tourism Calgary Website.

Coming to Calgary:

PPPJ 2009 will be hosted by the Department of Computer Science at the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. From most places, the most practical way to reach Calgary is by air. Calgary International Airport (YYC) is a major hub in Western Canada with direct flights from many points in North America, as well as from London-Heathrow and Frankfurt. KLM Royal Dutch airlines has also recently announced that it will begin direct flights from Amersterdamn to Calgary before PPPJ 2009 begins. In August, direct charter flights may be available from other cities in Europe. Connecting flights through Toronto (YYZ), Vancouver (YVR) and numerous US cities provide convenient access to Calgary from cities around the world.

Staying in Calgary:

The University of Calgary is located in the Northwest quadrant of the city. Numerous hotels are located in "Motel Village", just south of the university. Among these is the Best Western Village Park Inn, which is the recommended hotel for PPPJ 2009. A block of rooms has been set aside for PPPJ 2009 attendees. These rooms are available until early registration closes, and are provided at a significantly reduced rate of approximately 120 CAD (plus taxes) per night. (At the time of writing, 120 CAD is approximately 96 USD or 76 Euros). Reservations can be made by calling 1-888-774-7716. Additional details about the Village Park Inn can be found at www.villageparkinn.com.

Once you land at Calgary Airport, it is easiest to reach the hotel by taxi. The taxi ride from the airport to "Motel Village" will take 20-30 minutes, costing 30 to 35 Canadian dollars. Most taxis will accept credit cards. Alternatively, one can stay at a downtown hotel. Light rail service is available from downtown to the University of Calgary (and beyond). The trip from a downtown station to University Station will take approximately 15 to 20 minutes.

Getting from the Hotel to the University:

PPPJ 2009 will be held on the University of Calgary campus, with registration and sessions taking place in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) building. Several options are available for travelling from the hotel to the conference, including walking, taking the light rail transit (locally referred to as the C-train), or taking a taxi. These instructions describe how to walk or take the C-train. Telling the taxi driver that you want to go to the ICT building should be sufficient to get you to the right place. If the driver is unfamiliar with the university campus you can tell him that the ICT building is on 32 Avenue, just west of Crowchild Trail.

The walking distance from the hotel to the ICT building is approximately 2km, much of it through a residential area. Taking the C-train reduces the walking distance by about half. To walk or take the C-train from the hotel, turn right (North) on 24th street when exiting the front doors of the hotel, heading toward the blue and white pedestrian overpass.

When you reach the overpass, turn right onto 23 Avenue. A short walk along 23 Avenue brings you Banff Trail C-train station.

If you want to take the C-train, board a Northwest bound train toward Crowfoot station. These trains normally board on the far (East) platform. Machines in the station will sell single trip adult tickets for $2.50. Note that the machines take Canadian coins only and do not provide change. The next stop to the north is University station. Exit the train at that station and follow the instructions in the final three paragraphs of these directions.

If you choose to walk, pass through the Banff Trail C-train station and turn left (North) onto Capitol Hill Crescent. Continue north along Capitol Hill Crescent until you reach 24th Avenue.

Cross 24th Avenue at the stoplight, and continue North on Capitol Hill Crescent, paralleling the Crowchild Trail Expressway.

After approximately 0.7km you will reach the University C-train station. Cross Crowchild Trail using the bridges at the station.

Take the stairs down from the University light rail station. When you come to the bottom of the stairs, the path will split into 3. Take the rightmost of the three paths, cross Campus Drive, and enter the Bio Sciences Building.

Once inside the building, follow the signs directing you to Science Theatres. When you reach the Science Theatres, follow the sign pointing toward Math Sciences, then follow the signs directing you toward Earth Sciences. Note that you never really enter the Math Sciences building - you just pass around its perimeter on your way to the Earth Sciences building. Finally, pass from the Earth Sciences building into the ICT building. Registration will take place in ICT 114.

If you get lost while trying to make your way through the buildings, stop someone and ask directions. Being friendly and polite is a Canadian stereotype, and it's also generally true. If all else fails, call the Computer Science Department office at +1-403-220-6015.